SARNIA, ON – By virtue of his victory in Delaware Speedway’s Canadian Short Track Nationals qualifier last Friday, Pro Late Model sophomore Jaden Chapman will enter the second installment of Jukasa Motor Speedway’s crown jewel event with a provisional starting spot for the 250-lap $75,000-to-win feature race.
“It’s a huge honour to know that we have a starting spot in our back pocket,” stated Chapman. “It’s like a weight lifted off of our shoulders. Some of the absolute best Pro Late (Model) drivers in North America are going to be coming out for this event and just being a part of that is something that’s going to be a career highlight for our team.”
Despite the notion that his small, family-operated team would be one of the most modest operations on the property come September 1st, Chapman is excited about what competing in the event could do for his fledgling effort within the forever intensifying Pro Late Model landscape.
“Just to have the chance to soak in the ‘big race’ atmosphere at Jukasa would be huge for our team,” offers the Sarnia, ON native. “It would be something unlike anything we’ve experienced before.”
“Jukasa is the ‘anything can happen’ track,” adds Chapman. “We definitely won’t be walking in there with the biggest bankroll, but we have a seat at the table thanks to our win (on Friday). And, once we’re all out there and the green flag drops, it’s anyone’s guess how it can all shake out.”
For now, Chapman will utilize the qualifier victory as a momentum booster for the second half of Delaware’s weekly season, with his team currently sitting 4th in points as they work to chase down their first career division championship.
“This win was a big one for us, absolutely,” says Chapman. “There’s always a level of pressure when you’re racing in a division as stacked as this one. So – to be able to show ourselves that we’re good enough to keep these guys behind us – it makes a gigantic difference for how we can approach the rest of the year.”
“They always say the first win is the hardest one to get. Well, we’ll be back in the shop all week to make sure that we can build on this one. I know that we have what it takes to be champions in this division one day and we’re going to do all that we can to try and run one down this season.”